New DVD releases for Tuesday, April 7, include two dramas — “A Most Violent Year,” with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, and “The Immigrant,” with Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix — and the thriller/comedy “Home Sweet Hell.”
Tales of survival dominate the new releases for Tuesday, April 7. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the title at seattletimes.com. Release dates are subject to change.
★★★½ “A Most Violent Year” (R): In J.C. Chandor’s drama — set in 1981, the year in which violent crime in New York City reached an all-time peak — Oscar Isaac plays Abel, the ever-striving owner of a New York heating-oil business. As the film begins, he’s negotiating to purchase a plot of land in Brooklyn for expansion, and is facing indictments for tax evasion and fraud. The film, says Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald, “unfolds with beautifully controlled tension. Isaac, whose voice gets velvety and soft when Abel is tense, gives a star-turn performance,” with Jessica Chastain’s work as his wife equally strong. “Slowly, we learn to what lengths these characters will go, and why.”
★★★½ “The Immigrant” (R): A new arrival from Poland (played by Marion Cotillard) falls prey to a small-time impresario and pimp (Joaquin Phoenix) in New York.
★★★ “Pelican Dreams” (G): Bay Area documentarian Judy Irving (“The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill”) is back with a new bird film.
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★★½ “Home Sweet Hell” (R): In this thriller/comedy, Katherine Heigl gets devilish as a suburban wife who descends into madness and violence after her husband (Patrick Wilson) has an affair with an employee (Jordana Brewster) at his furniture store.
TV and other releases
“Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways”
“King of the Hill: The Complete 9th Season”
“A Little Game”
“Manhattan: Season One”